The JD (U) statement comes just ahead of BJP's election campaign committee chief Narendra Modi's address to Bihar BJP workers via teleconference

With BJP’s election campaign committee chief and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi set to put Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party workers into poll mode by giving them election tips over tele-conference on Saturday, the rival Janata Dal (United) has termed it as a “drama”, saying the use of high tech is an urban phenomenon and not very effective among masses.

Mr. Modi, who was elevated to lead BJP in the next general election, is strategically beginning his campaign from Bihar where he has a running battle with erstwhile ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

“This is just a drama. Use of high technology makes an effect in urban areas where there is high literacy ... What difference will it make in rural areas where majority of population does not have access to TV or other IT means,” Bihar JD(U) President Bashist Narayan Singh said.

“If somebody or some party thinks that through use of high technology they can have everything, its their thinking but we don’t buy this,” he told reporters after the induction of former BJP minister Ramji Das Rishideo into the JD (U) fold.

Mr. Singh in this regard referred to Chandrababu Naidu of TDP losing the polls in Andhra Pradesh after putting in all resources in making the state an IT hub.

He also referred to BJP’s “feel good”, which he said, “boomeranged” on it in the 2004 general elections.

Taking a dig at Mr. Modi’s tele-conferencing, Mr. Singh said instead of creating artificial waves through use of high tech, JD (U) believes in people-oriented programmes in which major sections of the society in rural as well urban could participate.

JD (U) is promoting tree plantation programme across Bihar and has sought the signature of its millions of citizens in support of the demand for special category status for the backward state, he added.